Hi EAGLE POINT!!!
Because the neighborhood survey results indicated that street parking was the
top concern to be addressed, it was the main topic of the night. The
general consensus is that wed like to address street parking issues before a
tragedy occurs - like a child being hit because they jutted out from behind a
parked car; or a house fire out of control because fire trucks cannot get
through; or even a death because first responders cannot get to their
destination quickly enough. We had representatives from Shelby County
Schools transposition department, from Waste Pro, from North Shelby Fire
District, and from Cahaba Valley Fire District. Each group represented
shared how the high volume of street parking in Eagle Point affects the
services they provide to Eagle Point.
Our first responder services can be delayed by cars parked on the street.
As a matter of fact, federal fire code mandates certain clearances on the
street for fire trucks to pass. Many of the parked cars in Eagle Point
violate this code. While fire department officials cannot issue citations
for parking, law enforcement can. Even one car parked in a cul-de-sac
impedes a fire trucks maneuvering capabilities.
Waste Pro drivers are slowed down greatly trying to navigate our streets when parked cars make for narrow passage. Drivers efficiency is hindered by cars parked near garbage cans which necessitates the driver getting out of the truck to empty the cans.
School buses cannot navigate narrow passes or curves where parked cars leave a blind spot. There are so many cars parked in some cul-de-sacs that buses cant pick up children near their homes; this means some children are walking much farther than they should have to walk to their bus stop. When bus drivers are trying to watch the road and maintain a safe environment with as many as 60-70 children on a bus, parked cars create a dangerous distraction for the driver.
Besides the safety and service issues mentioned above, street parking
inconveniences your neighbors in many cases. Being considerate of your
neighbors would go a long way towards solving this problem!
The action items from the gathering are:
1) Your HOA Board is going to work with the fire departments and the school transportation departments to identify dangerous curves and hills that could possibly be designated No Parking zones.
2) The HOA Board will be working with our management company to begin communication about enforcing long term street parking as covenant violations, subject to fines and other remedies, just as are any other violations.
The HOA Board encourages residents to communicate with your neighbors
personally or to post timing details on social media when youre having an
event where there will be cars parked on the street. You can even call
the HOA office at 205-314-5793 (or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
with the details of your event, and the administrative assistant can share on
social media for you. (This also lets the HOA Board know about event so you
dont get a violation.) If you live in a place with high traffic volume,
ask your guests to park on one side of the street, or even have them park in a
remote location and carpool back to your house to reduce the number of cars.
Again, the Board thanks everyone who came to the meeting and looks forward to our community working together to solve issues like this one!